August 17, 2011      

Rockwell Collins announced its Athena Micro INS inertial navigation system and global positioning system (INS/GPS) guided the first flight of Aerovel’s Flexrotor vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS). 

During the first flight, the Flexrotor successfully demonstrated a transition from hover to wing-borne cruise, a prepared statement noted. The Flexrotor design provides the convenience of VTOL with a range of more than 3,000 km and endurance exceeding ...

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